Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability, Certificate | University of Groningen | Groningen, Netherlands
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Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability

12 days
3250 EUR/full
3250 EUR/full
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The Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability programme at the University of Groningen will be based on good international practices and standards, lessons learned on the ground and practical case studies, and will include a technical site visit to a resettlement site.


Key facts

The Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability programme at the University of Groningen promotes understanding about and develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated to the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments, et cetera), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement. 

Research into the displacement of peoples following large projects generally shows that, unless properly planned and managed, they are made worse-off.


The course will be delivered by some of the world’s leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners, specialists from international development institutions, as well as key academics from the University of Groningen, to provide capacity building in the practice of managing the social issues of investment projects focusing on land acquisition and resettlement. 

It is targeted to an international audience of current and intending social performance and resettlement practitioners and people involved in the governance of projects from public and private institutions and is also open to advanced students interested in the practical management of social issues associated with development.

Programme Structure

About The Course:

  • With the increasing number of international standards (e.g. World Bank safeguard policies, IFC Performance Standards, EBRD Performance Requirements, Equator Principles, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), there are established international standards and good practices that are expected to be met in the development of investment projects
  • The varying cultural and developmental contexts of different countries also presents significant challenges to fully implementing these standards. There are also concerns about human rights infringements


This summer school is an applied training course intended for practitioners or applied social researchers from public and private institutions interested in the practical aspects of social assessment, project-induced displacement and resettlement. 


  • Prof Frank Vanclay
  • Eddie Smyth (Intersocial)
  • Dr. Ana Maria Esteves and Gabriela Factor (Community Insights Group)
  • Frederic Giovannetti and Jorge Villegas (World Bank)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are expected to be either:

  • actually involved in development projects as a practitioner or in the governance of projects
  • a researcher or academic at Masters level, PhD, postdoc or even academic teaching staff having a clear reason for wanting to do this practical course

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3250 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3250 EUR for the full programme during 12 days.
  • EU/EEA

    3250 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3250 EUR for the full programme during 12 days.
  • € 3.250 for private sector from OECD countries;
  • € 2.250 discount rate for World Bank staff, NGO  from non-OECD countries;

Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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